COLUMBIA - Former South Carolina cornerback Ahmad Christian has decided to move across the country.

Christian transferred from the Gamecocks in December. In a Twitter announcement that was as direct as it was simple, he announced Monday he would play for Utah.

"Committed to Utah," Christian tweeted.

Christian had 18 tackles last season with two pass breakups and one forced fumble. He played in all 12 games as a sophomore. Christian will probably be best remembered for allowing Tennessee freshman receiver Marquez North to make a critical 39-yard catch on third down that helped put the Vols in range for a game-winning field goal.

Upon transferring last winter, Christian tweeted he would have been a starter this season. It's a believable assertion. His departure - along with the exits of senior Jimmy Legree and junior Victor Hampton - left South Carolina's cornerback position depleted. The Gamecocks had only three cornerbacks in spring practices, and two incoming freshmen could potentially start this fall.

Christian also tweeted in December he wanted to be closer to home. A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Christian will instead travel more than 2,200 miles and two time zones from his hometown.

As a freshman, Christian unsuccessfully tried to walk onto South Carolina's baseball team. In a subsequent tweet Monday, Christian made it clear his decision to transfer to Utah was strictly about football.

"Baseball got nun to do wit it its all pigskin," Christian tweeted.